The Brokeback effect
Feb. 18, 2006. 01:00 AM
Did you see the "Brokeback to the Future" fan trailer? In it, Back to the Future's Marty McFly and the wacky professor take their relationship to a whole new level. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfODSPIYwpQ)
Or there's "Brokeback Top Gun," where Maverick and Iceman finally do what we've known all along they were meant to do. (http://www.ebaumsworld.com/2006/01/barebacktopgun.html)
Funny. But nothing new. It's just that "slash" has been propelled into the near-mainstream thanks to the popularity of Brokeback Mountain.
There's a time-honoured tradition of slash, which gets its name from the "/" between two names, as in Kirk/Spock. It's the fan art of making an unlikely couple out of same-sex characters from a show or movie and exploring that relationship. Strictly speaking, these should be two heterosexual characters. Thus, pairing Bette and Tina from The L Word in a fan video or in a piece of fan fiction isn't true slash.
Anyway, point being, if you liked the video mash-ups inspired by that rugged cowboy lovin', you just might get a kick out of watching what fans have done with other fictional couples. Some are better made than others, granted, but when you're as obsessive as some fans are, you take what you can find.
LOST: If you can think of a Lost pairing, someone out there has already made a video.
Check out what Jack/Sawyer have been up to at http://media.putfile.com/jacksdream. If Sayid/Sawyer is more your speed, go to http://media.putfile.com/LVI_ever_fallen for a video set to "Ever Fallen in Love" by Pete Yorn. Fan site http://www.lostvideo.net claims to have the largest online collection of Lost videos, some of it slash.
SMALLVILLE: Clark/Lex may pretend they're fighting over Lana, but deep down...
Scroll all the way down to the bottom of http://www.slum.slashcity.com/lum/eyecandy/ and check "Learning to Fly." It's mildly slashy with good use of Pink Floyd. Or look up "Don't Tell Me" at http://www.somedistantgalaxy.com/smva/archive/archive/date_week.html, where you'll find a good selection of Smallville videos.
BUFFY & ANGEL: Pretty vampires. You just can't go wrong.
One of the best-ever slash videos is set to Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." As you can imagine, there's nothing mild about it. Enjoy Angel/Spike it at http://sisabet.livejournal.com/220944.html. And if you aren't into boys (or vampires), http://www.heresluck.net/videos/index.html has a lovely Faith/Buffy video set to Tegan and Sara's "Superstar."
By the way, if you aren't interested in naughty pairings, but intrigued by fan videos, look at http://www.smallvilleexcape.com for "Chosen," a neatly edited mash of Buffy and Clark fighting the forces of evil kinda together.
VERONICA MARS: Never mind Veronica. Ever wondered whether Logan and Duncan would make a nice couple? http://videos.burnt-spaghetti.net/getgone.html answers that question set to "Get Gone" by Fiona Apple.
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